Marc Quick is buying and selling the White Home for the College of Virginia (UVA) – however not all of his new colleagues are thrilled about that.
Quick, who has served because the White Home director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs, will be part of the Miller Heart for Public Affairs at UVA in Charlottesville as a senior fellow in August, the varsity introduced.
”It’s an honor for me to welcome Marc Quick to the Miller Heart,” William Antholis, Miller Heart director and CEO, mentioned in a press release. “Marc is extensively revered in each events. We had the privilege of attending to know Marc via the presidential transition and the Trump administration’s first 12 months, and have been impressed by his professionalism, effectiveness, and collegiality.”
However 150 UVA school and college students signed a petition calling for the college to revoke the hiring of Quick. An equivalent Change.org petition has additionally gathered greater than 500 signatures as of Friday afternoon.
“Whereas we don’t object to dialogue with members of this administration, we do object to using our college to scrub up their tarnished reputations,” the petition learn. “Nobody needs to be serving on the highest ranges of this administration, each day supporting and defending its actions one week, then representing UVA the following.”
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Earlier than he entered the White Home, Quick, 48, labored for Vice President Mike Pence and a gaggle affiliated with the conservative Koch Brothers’ political operation. Financial aide Shahira Knight will substitute Quick as director of legislative affairs, the White Home mentioned.
These in opposition to Quick criticized Trump’s dealing with of the aftermath of a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville that turned lethal when a person allegedly rammed his automobile via a gaggle of individuals protesting the white supremacists, killing one girl.
Trump initially blamed the violence “on many sides,” however two days later, he disavowed racists whereas talking from the White Home. He later returned to blaming “each side” for the lethal assault, nevertheless.
“It’s unconscionable that we’d add to our college an individual who served in a high-level place for the administration that first empowered, then defended, these white nationalists,” the petition states.
“We’re a neighborhood nonetheless within the strategy of therapeutic, and somebody who defended the president’s remarks after the violence here’s a barrier to that course of, a supply of trauma in a still-traumatized neighborhood,” the petition continued.
Quick instructed Politico he’s “sympathetic to the ache locally.”
“I believe we might have completed a greater job expressing sympathy for the victims and outrage at those that perpetrated this evil,” he mentioned.
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He additionally mentioned he’s visited Charlottesville and UVA for sporting occasions since he was younger and has a “explicit bond and closeness” to the realm.
“I believe that there’s, as nicely, a cherished custom at Thomas Jefferson’s college, hopefully, of welcoming range of opinion,” Quick instructed Politico. “I hope that the message isn’t that anybody who labored within the administration can’t work at a college.”
A spokesman for the Miller Heart mentioned it’s “dedicated to nonpartisan and bipartisan examine of the presidency.”
“The addition of Marc Quick, a senior Trump Administration official with intimate data of interactions between the White Home and Congress, deepens our scholarly inquiries into the workings of the American presidency. And his presence reinforces our dedication to nonpartisan and bipartisan dialogue amongst students and practitioners of fine will who might however maintain strongly opposing private political viewpoints,” Howard Witt, director of communications for the Miller Heart, mentioned in a press release to Fox Information. “Furthermore, Quick can provide insights into the Trump Administration that aren’t at the moment obtainable to our students or the general public at giant.”
“We perceive and respect these UVA school members and different critics – even some from throughout the Miller Heart – who disagree with the choice to call Marc Quick a senior fellow,” Witt continued. “One among our core values is fostering strong, however civil, debate throughout our nation’s bitter partisan divide.”
Quick’s final day on the White Home is July 20.
The Related Press contributed to this report.